4 uses of apostrophe

Your name:

 

1.

Apostrophes are used to replace missing letters in contracted forms. For example:

          isn’t (= is not)

To suggest that we have removed the letter ‘o’, we used an apostrophe here

          can’t (= cannot)

To suggest that we have removed the letters ‘n’ and ‘o’, we used an apostrophe here.

          You’re (= you are)

To suggest that we have removed the letter and ‘a’, we used an apostrophe here.

2.

We use apostrophes before or after possessive ‘-s’…I mean…when we talk about something that belongs to somebody.

For example:

          The boy’s bag

          Her parents’ house

But we should not use apostrophes with possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.

          This house is ours. (not our’s)

          Whose bag is it? (not who’s)

3.

  • Words which do not usually have plurals sometimes have an apostrophe when plural form is written, as,

4.

  • Apostrophes are used in the plurals of letters and sometimes numbers and abbreviations.
  • He always writes d’s instead of b’s.
  • She knows 5 MLA’s personally. (You can write without apostrophe)
  • She was born in the late 1980’s. (You can write without apostrophe)

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